Sew4Home Mini Sewing Tips – Arrow/Kangaroo Sewing Furniture

Our friends at Sew4Home offer some insight in getting the most from your sewing space – no matter how big it is – with their review of Arrow/Kangaroo Sewing Cabinets and Tables, available from participating Janome Canada dealers. Note, there’s still time to take advantage of some terrific savings with Janome Canada’s Autumn Sale-A-Thon. Check with your Janome Dealer for details!

Sewing involves a lot of bits and pieces, from big items like your hard-working machines to all the small tools and notions required to take your projects from start to finish. Making sure you have a place to keep everything is critical to making things easier and more enjoyable.

MOD Sewing Cabinet with Hydraulic Lift is an ideal home for the Janome Continental M7 Professional.

We’ve all likely spent our share of hours spread out on the kitchen or dining room table, and  have crawled around on the floor to cut out patterns. Doable? Sure. Delightful? Not so much. That’s where sewing furniture comes in. And before you bring out the most common objections: I don’t have enough space, it’s too expensive, I don’t like the styles – take a look at the flexibility and variety of today’s sewing furniture.

MOD 5 Drawer Storage Cabinet with MOD Electric Sewing Cabinet
A drawer for everything and everything in it’s place!

We spent some time looking at the options available in the Arrow/Kangaroo lines of cabinets and tables available from participating Janome Canada Dealers. Not every dealer has every option, but we found plenty to inspire our organization imagination. And, we were pleased to find out that most dealers were happy to special order components in order to create the best working environment.

There are five main categories we felt the Arrow/Kangaroo Cabinets and Tables fell into: 

Wrap Around Stations

Ready to spread out in style? You’ll want to consider the Aussie II, Wallaby II, and Kangaroo & Joey II. Whether you’re thinking about re-vamping an entire spare room into your sewing space or just want to occupy a corner in a larger space like a family room, these Stations open up to give you generous workspace and storage space on all sides – some even with a quilt leaf behind where your machine sits. We love the hydraulic lift ob all these models that positions your machine in either storage position, flat bed or free arm. Leave everything open and at the ready all the time, or quickly close-up to a clean finished cabinet. No one will even guess all that fits inside.

The Wallaby 11 is an ideal home for the Janome MC550E.
LOTS of room for your project to grow! The extra leaf at the back and side is ideal to use when quilting in the hoop with the AcuFil Quilting Kit available for the MC550E, MC500E, MC450E and MC400E.
Aussie 11 with over 31 square feet of sewing worksurface, so you can really spread out!

Modular Stations

This was a solution we hadn’t seen before, but one we felt made so much sense. You can build from basic to a full wrap-around station with five mix and match components. The central machine cabinet has an easy-touch electric lift with auto stops at storage, flat bed, and free arm. Surround this functional centerpiece with a five drawer unit, as well as five-thread and/or three-thread cabinets with vertical slide-out storage (a bit like spice storage bins), and a corner cabinet with an additional manual machine lift. So many configuration options.

MOD Electric Sewing Cabinet with MOD 5 Drawer Storage Cabinet with the Janome Continental M7 Professional.
MOD Squad Complete Sewing Studio with 5 Drawer Storage Cabinet, Electric Sewing Cabinet with hydraulic lift, Corner Sewing Cabinet, MOD 3 Thread Storage Cabinet and MOD 5 Thread Storage Cabinet.
Sew much versatility with the Arrow/Kangaroo sewing furniture!

Cutting Stations and Specialty Cabinets

Standing up to cut on a generously sized surface is one of the biggest improvements you can make in your sewing space. From standard adjustable cutting surfaces to cutting and storage cabinet combos, there is literally something for every situation.

Dixie Arrow Cutting Table is adjustable in height.
Dixie Cutting Table offers lots of workspace when you need it…..
……and transforms into a space-saving side table when you’re done!
Dingo 11 Storage Cabinet and Cutting Table is like a treasure chest hiding lots of goodies inside!
All your cutting supplies, scraps, extra batting, whatever can fit in the 9 drawers provided.

We were intrigued by the unique Ava Multi-Needle Embroidery Cabinet with a 1” thick top to reduce vibration and increase stability, and special flat, shallow drawers for hoops. Or – check out the Storage Cube: a four-sided masterpiece of efficiency with a flat surface that can double as a cutting station, plus five shelves, over sixty thread holders and two rods for hanging tools, ribbon reels, and more. So clever.

Ideal to keep sewing and craft items within easy reach.
Storage Cube is 21″W x 19 3/4″D x 29 1/4″ H

Small Space Stations

Sometimes, all it takes is just a specially designed table or compact cabinet to take your sewing space from messy to manageable. Easy rolling casters allow you to move theses cabinet options exactly where you want it, then lock it in place when you’re ready to work. Most are available in a clean white finish or rich wood veneer, but there are even options in fun designer colors like Tiffany Blue and Pistachio Green with vintage gingerbread accent details. 

Most Arrow/Kangaroo sewing cabinets are available in a variety of finishes to suit any décor. Check with your Janome Dealer for details.
Bandicoot 11 Sewing Cabinet

Portable

For even more flexibility, you can choose a table that folds and rolls so it can be moved from a closet out into a main room when needed. Or, take it with you to a friend’s house for a community sewing club. All three models: Gidget I, Gidget II, and the Heavyweight have manual lift machine platforms. And, their powerful steel locking legs mean when the tables are set up, they are strong, safe, and sturdy.

Gidget 1 Sewing Table is portable and can collapse to slide under a bed or tucked in a closet.

These are all good looking, well made cabinets. Most come fully assembled and carry from ten-year to lifetime limited warranties.

Price ranges start as low as under $250 for compact storage cabinets to $2,699 for the top of the line, all-in-one wraparounds, and just about everything in between. In fact, although we usually try to give you all the various pricing options, this is one time where we strongly recommend you visit your participating Janome Canada Arrow/Kangaroo dealer to put together your dream sewing space. Bring your sizing constraints, a list of the machines and items you most want to organize, and be ready to discuss the type of sewing, quilting and/or embroidery you do so your dealer can help you plan the best configuration for your budget.

Don’t forget to also ask about the Arrow Sewing Chairs to complete your new sewing, quilting, crafting space!

Happy Sewing!

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Janome’s Top of the Line MC15000 Quilt Maker; Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery Machine

I consider myself a newbie to the world of Embroidery, so you might think this top-of-the-line (TOL) machine might be too much for a beginner. That’s exactly how I felt, but was also SO excited to learn! I’ve been using this machine for over a year now and have absolutely fallen in love with it! There are so many features on the Janome MC 15000 Quilt Maker that I don’t want to be without ever again!

Not only does this machine work well for embroidery with 5 hoops included; the largest being 9.1″x11.8″ , the large bed of 11″ throat space to the right of the needle and large extension table can accommodate any free motion quilting or ruler work you want to do.

The features page on Janome.CA lists some of the many, many, features, but one of my all-time favourites is that the Janome MC15000 Quilt Maker is Certified WIF, which means we can use many of the Janome Apps (most of which are free) on an iPad (some on iPhones, as well) to help make embroidery even easier and more fun.

Janome MC15000 Quilt Maker features page on Janome.CA

This machine is tech savvy and user-friendly at the same time. The Janome Apps really bring your sewing, quilting and embroidery up a notch. For example, the AcuSetter App is a must when hooping large embroidery designs! It helps to arrange the position and placement of designs using your iPad, so there’s no guesswork when it comes to stitching out a design.

The AcuEdit App lets you create, combine and edit your designs anywhere, anytime! You can work from your iPad instead of at the screen of your machine. When you’re ready to stitch, send the design to the machine via WIFI and away you go! It’s that easy!

For more information about the Apps, and the Horizon Link Suite software which also comes with the machine, there are MANY blogs on Janome Life; use the SEARCH box to find them all by subject.

Another feature I love is the quick and easy one touch needle plate removal system! Just press a button and it pops up, no screwdriver required! Three needle plates are included (Zig Zag, Straight Stitch, HP Professional Grade) and once one is clicked into place, the machine knows exactly which needle plate is on so you can’t accidently select a stitch which isn’t compatible. Less broken needles that way!

Did I mention presser feet? Another great feature of this machine is that it comes with an awesome number of feet for any kind of work you will be doing, from sewing, dressmaking/garment sewing, quilting or embroidery.

Keep everything organized in the included black 9mm Presser Foot Accessory Case, though this case is also available to separately to use with other 9mm machines. There’s lettered slots in one tray for each of the presser feet; room for the extra needle plates, bobbin holder, etc. in another tray; a pocket inside the case for the AcuGuide Automatic Cloth Guide, which is also included with the machine – another terrific feature!

To learn more about the Janome MC15000 Quilt Maker, watch this short video. and contact your local Janome dealer to get all the information on this amazing sewing/quilting/embroidery machine, and on all things Janome!

So, should you invest in this machine? Absolutely! I feel it is worth every penny!

Happy Sewing/ Quilting/ Embroidery!

Monique

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Janome HQ’s Instagram LIVE TODAY, WEDNESDAY 1pm EST

Join us LIVE at 1pm EST @janomehq Instagram page every Wednesday afternoon for our series, “Janome’s Magical Machine Mystery Tour” as we highlight a different machine in the Janome line. From entry level to Top of the Line; embroidery machines; longarm quilting machines; sergers and MORE, including some fabulous partner products to compliment those machines!

What machine and Janome goodies will we talk about this week? It’s a MYSTERY so you must tune in each week for the big reveal! Don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE presentation, though. They’ll be stored in the IGTV icon on the Janome HQ Instagram Page and later posted as videos on the Janome HQ You Tube channel.

JMMMT Artwork 2

Follow us on the Janome HQ Facebook page to see what’s new at our Janome Canada Headquarters, our Janome HQ, and click HERE for more information about our ONLINE classes!

Write me at Classes@Janome-Canada.com (copy and paste in a new browser if needed) for more information about eventual on-site classes (when it’s safe) at The Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON; Janome Canada’s Head Quarters.

Happy Sewing and #sharethejanomelove!

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Today’s Facebook LIVE – Janome Fringe Foot!

Celine is back LIVE every Tuesday at 3pm EST on the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page for an entire month of sewing fun and education to help you get the most from your Janome machine!

Today’s LIVE is all about the Janome Fringe Foot, which is available for both High Shank and Low Shank machines. It doesn’t matter if your machine is 5mm, 7mm or 9mm, you just need to know if it’s High Shank or Low Shank so you order the correct foot from your Janome dealer. To determine Shank height, lower the presser foot then measure up to the small screw which attaches the foot holder. High Shank machines are approximately 1 inch to 1 1/4 inch. Low Shank machines are approximately 1/2 inch.

Create unique 3-D effects with the fabulously FUN Janome Fringe Foot.

The Janome Fringe Foot will work with a number of machines and Celine will show you some of the fun, fanciful effects you can create with it You can also find more information in the Accessories Tab on Janome.CA, and, as always, check with your fabulous Janome Dealer, as well.

Bilingual Janome Accessories Guide on the Janome.CA website

Don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE. All of the presentations will be saved under the Videos tab of the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page. Use the Search Box to find all the videos with Celine Ross.

Don’t have a Facebook account, don’t worry, they will be uploaded to the Janome HQ You Tube channel under the Facebook Live playlist to enjoy whenever you wish!

Happy Sewing!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Who doesn’t love a long weekend with an extra day to sew and get caught up on some projects, or at least attempt to, lol!

The INSPIRE tab on Janome.CA has LOTS of projects to keep you sewing all year – and beyond!. Click on the Sew4Home tab for the fun and festive projects they’ve shared with us, just incase you needed a little more inspiration.

Happy Sewing from all of us at Janome Canada!

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Saturday Sewing – Bosal Baskets

These quick and easy baskets are perfect for a last minute project, to make as gifts or to get your kids, grandchildren, or anyone involved in sewing. They are sturdy and use Bosal foam; a flexible stiffener to give shape and support so they stand on their own. Check with your Janome Dealer if they carry this, or a similar product from another manufacturer.

Make them in all sizes or adjust to suit your needs. 

Materials needed for one Basket:

9 ½” x 9 ½” fabric for the exterior of the basket

2, 4 ¾” x 10”  fabric for the lining/interior of the basket

9” x 9” Bosal foam; fusible one side

Thread to match the fabric

Instructions:

  • Sew together the two lining/interior pieces on the long sides leaving an opening of about 3” unsewn in the Centre. Press and trim to 9 ½” x 9 ½”. Fold the lining/Interior piece in half Right Sides Together (RST) with the opening at the bottom.
  • Following the manufacturer’s instructions, press the Bosal foam to the wrong side of the exterior fabric.
  • Sew the two sides with ¼” seam allowance for both the lining and the basket.
  • Draw a square at the bottom of each section 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, which will help add shape to the basket.
  • .Cut out the square of fabric at the bottom two corners of the lining and the basket.
  • Pinch the sides and bottom together matching the side and bottom seam, sew across using ¼” seam allowance.
  • Repeat for both the lining and the basket. Turn the lining Right Side Out.
  • Insert the lining inside the basket with Right Sides Together, matching the sides of the basket.  Pin or use clips to hold the top raw edges together.
  • Sew around the top edge.
  • From the bottom opening, turn Right Side Out.
  • Topstitch around the basket 1/4″ away from the finished edge. Using the Janome AcuFeed Flex foot on the Janome MC9450 made this a breeze!
  • Add a variation by sewing a handle to each side of the basket before sewing around the top edge, or, a little ribbon or tab of fabric just to one side. Perhaps turn the finished edge down for little more detail? Sew many possibilities!
  • Enjoy!

Happy sewing,

Monique

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Super Size “Quilt As You Go” Log Cabin Block!

Janome Continental M7

I’ve always wanted to make a log cabin quilt but large quilts aren’t really my thing. I prefer wall hangings, so I decided to make a super size log cabin block using the quilt as you go (QAYG) method. I wanted to make things easy for myself so I grabbed some jelly roll strips and cut some solid white strips and I was ready to go!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy wall hanging:

  • 10½” square of patterned fabric for middle
  • Jelly roll strips of patterned fabric (2½” wide by WOF)
  • Jelly roll strips of white solid fabric (2½” wide by WOF)
  • Large batting piece (mine was 36″ square)
  • Erasable pen or pencil and ruler
  • Usual stitching supplies (iron, pressing surface, etc.)
  • Janome Continental M7 with HP2 foot and HP needle plate installed
  • Guide for HP2 (AcuFeed Flex) foot
  • Janome AcuFeed Ditch Quilting Foot (optional)

With the QAYG method, you’ll be sewing your strips to the batting foundation which can be whatever size you wish. As I wanted my finished piece to be about 30” square, I started with a batting piece about 36” square. This gave me some extra room for shrinkage as I quilted the piece. You might want to use an erasable pen or pencil to draw a square on your batting of the desired finished size so you’ll know when to stop adding strips to your project.

I set up the Janome Continental M7 with the Janome Professional Grade AcuFeed Flex HP2 foot and HP (High Performance) needle plate so I could use the AcuFeed feeding system on the machine to smoothly guide the pieces along. As the project got larger, I was working with longer and longer strips so I wanted to be sure that there was no fabric bunching as I added each strip.

Janome AcuFeed Flex HP2 foot and HP needle plate

I started my log cabin project with the 10½” square. As I wanted to give it a modern feel, I placed this square right side up on the left side of the batting, centered it vertically on the batting and aligned the left edge of the square with the line I’d already drawn on the batting. (Folding the batting and the square in half gave me some reference lines to match up).

The next step was to lay a white 2½” strip right side down on this fabric square, lining up the right raw edges.

While I could’ve measured and cut each strip to the “correct” size before I pieced them, I kept it simple and cut the strips as I went along. I cut off the white strip along the edge of the 10½” square and stitched the fabric pieces together with a ¼” seam. I used a seam roller but you could use an iron to press the fabric to the white strip.

It was then time to do some quilting – it is “quilt as you go”, remember? To keep things simple, I used the same thread I had used for the piecing, for the quilting (a white polyester thread). I used a straight stitch for the quilting and used the guide that can be inserted into the Janome Professional Grade AcuFeed Flex HP2 foot-holder to give me the spacing I wanted between the quilted lines. At this point I also used the knob on the front of the Janome Continental M7 to increase my stitch length to 3.0.

Janome AcuFeed Flex HP2 foot and quilting guide bar
Janome AcuFeed Flex HP2 foot with quilting guide bar attached

The hardest part of this project was remembering to decrease the stitch length to 2.0 when piecing and then increasing it to 3.0 when quilting. Fortunately, this was quick to do using the stitch length adjustment knob on the Janome Continental M7.

It’s easy to adjust the stitch length with this dial on the Janome Continental M7

After adding this first white 2 ½” strip, I continued to add a white strip to the bottom of the 10½” square and to the top of it, quilting each strip as it was added. Once these white strips had been added, round 1 was done. Note that I only needed to add 3 strips of fabric rather than the usual 4 strips to complete a round as this was an asymmetrical design.

Round 1 finished!

I continued on to the next round using the patterned jelly roll strips and did the same process.

I adjusted the foot guide on the Janome AcuFeed Flex HP2 foot on the Janome Continental M7 to different widths as I quilted this project. It was very easy to pull it out a bit or push it in to give me different spacing – and effect – on the various strips.

Adjusting the guide on the Janome AcuFeed Flex HP2 foot allowed different spacing between quilting lines

I continued to alternate the white strips and jelly roll strips until I had added strips just beyond the line I had drawn on the batting. I found that I needed to piece some of the jelly roll strips together with a mitered seam as the piece got bigger and longer strips were required.

Once I got to a point where there was only room to add strips to the right side of the batting, I chose to continue to alternate the white and patterned fabric strips.

All strips have now been added

After the batting was covered up to the drawn lines, I trimmed off the excess batting and it was then time to cut a backing to this size and attach it with some additional quilting.

Stitch in the ditch quilting is an option for this step and the optional Janome AcuFeed Ditch Quilting Foot that attaches to the Janome AcuFeed Flex Dual/Twin Foot-Holder would work perfectly to do this final quilting step. Note, you would need to change from the HP needle plate to the single hole or zigzag needle plate if you were using this option. For more information on using this foot on the Janome Continental M7, click here.

The optional SD AcuFeed Flex Ditch Quilting foot is perfect for doing stitch in the ditch quilting

While I was going to add a binding to this log cabin wall hanging, I decided that I’d prefer to add a facing instead. If you’re wondering how to do this technique, click here.

If you’re like me and have always wanted to try a log cabin block, why not give it a try using the quick QAYG method and jelly roll strips?!

Happy creating from Kim Jamieson-Hirst of Chatterbox Quilts, a Janome Canada Artisan in Calgary, Alberta.

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Janome HQ’s Instagram LIVE TODAY, WEDNESDAY 1pm EST

Join us LIVE at 1pm EST @janomehq Instagram page every Wednesday afternoon for our series, “Janome’s Magical Machine Mystery Tour” as we highlight a different machine in the Janome line. From entry level to Top of the Line; embroidery machines; longarm quilting machines; sergers and MORE, including some fabulous partner products to compliment those machines!

What machine and Janome goodies will we talk about this week? It’s a MYSTERY so you must tune in each week for the big reveal! Don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE presentation, though. They’ll be stored in the IGTV icon on the Janome HQ Instagram Page and later posted as videos on the Janome HQ You Tube channel.

JMMMT Artwork 2

Follow us on the Janome HQ Facebook page to see what’s new at our Janome Canada Headquarters, our Janome HQ, and click HERE for more information about our ONLINE classes!

Write me at Classes@Janome-Canada.com (copy and paste in a new browser if needed) for more information about eventual on-site classes (when it’s safe) at The Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON; Janome Canada’s Head Quarters.

Happy Sewing and #sharethejanomelove!

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Today’s Facebook LIVE – Circular Sewing Attachment

Celine is back LIVE every Tuesday at 3pm EST on the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page for an entire month of sewing fun and education to help you get the most from your Janome machine!

Today’s LIVE is all about the Janome Circular Sewing Attachment!

A PERFECT time to use all those beautiful decorative stitches in your machine!

The Janome Circular Sewing Attachment will work with a number of machines, based on the size and shape of the bobbin cover. Celine will go over the differences, but you can also find more information on the Janome.CA website. Click on the Accessories Tab to check out the Bilingual Janome Accessories Guide to find which circular attachment will fit your machine. As always, check with your fabulous Janome Dealer, as well.

Bilingual Janome Accessories Guide on the Janome.CA website

Don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE. All of the presentations will be saved under the Videos tab of the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page. Use the Search Box to find all the videos with Celine Ross.

Don’t have a Facebook account, don’t worry, they will be uploaded to the Janome HQ You Tube channel under the Facebook Live playlist to enjoy whenever you wish!

Happy Sewing!

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The Three R’s

When I was growing up, I was told about the three R’s – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. I never really understood that, lol! As an adult, my three R’s are Reuse, Recycle and Repair. As you have seen in previous posts, I don’t like to waste anything, so when my friend asked me to repair a sleeping bag I said, “absolutely”. Little did I know how big a job this was going to be.

My friend, Mike has had this sleeping bag for over 30 years and it has been well used. The inside flannel lining was ripped in several places. I decided to put a new lining on it, but I didn’t remove the original lining; I just put the new lining over the old one.

This is one of the large rips in the flannel.

I used a temporary basting spray to attach the old flannel so it wouldn’t fold over and cause a lump under the new flannel, then safety pinned the flannel in place like I was pinning a quilt. It took me a couple of hours, but it was well worth it.

Initially, I was thinking of putting the sleeping bag on the long arm, but I ended up using the fabulous Janome Continental M7 sewing machine. It was fantastic for the bulky sleeping bag because of the huge throat space. 13.5″ to the right of the needle!

Not to mention, the dedicated motor for the AcuFeed feeding system meant that all the thickness of the sleeping bag would go under the needle with ease. One of the impressive features is that the Janome Continental M7 can sewing through over 8 layers of denim, so I thought the sleeping bag wouldn’t be an issue – and I was right! Oh, and yes, I have stitched through 8 layers of denim on this machine because I had to see for myself if it would actually do it. It went through just like butter.

I started sewing from the middle of the sleeping bag so the flannel wouldn’t shift, following the original stitching lines which held all the layers together.

I sewed on the outside of the sleeping bag so couldn’t see the pins I had used to hold the flannel in place. I kept one hand on top and one underneath to ensure I didn’t sew over a pin and to keep the flannel flat.

Once all the center line stitching was complete, I folded the outside edges under and sewed in place.

While it took a lot longer than I thought, it was a job well done. Just wait until Mike gets my bill! Haha!

Happy Sewing!

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